ANGRY Stafford residents say their lives have been made a misery by a terrible stink caused by work on a golf course extension.
Housesholders say the manure-like smell coming from the work at Stafford Castle Golf Club is so over powering they have been forced to stay inside.
They deluged the Environment Agency with 41 complaints within 24 hours, prompting the Environment Agency to step in and put a stop to the work, which included spreading sewage as a soil enhancer.
And the residents say if the smell continues they will organise blockades to stop workers getting through to the site.
Neil Ashton, from nearby Delamere Way, said the residents had set up a Facebook page, called Stop the smell coming from Stafford Castle Golf Club, in a bid to .
“The smell is horrific,” he said. “We can’t let our children outside in the garden because it is so strong,
“Thankfully, the Environment Agency has stepped in. But if the smell does continue we will set up a blockade.”
Maggie Bamber, 61, who lives in Thames Way, Western Downs, said: “On Tuesday the smell was so bad I felt sick. I have written to the MP Jeremy Lefroy about it. It can’t be healthy. I have a one-year-old grandson who visits and there are lots of children living around here.”
The golf club transferred ownership to Luddington Developments five years ago. The first phase of the work has included spreading inert material. Phase two will be the actual creation, modelling and landscaping of the 18 holes, along with a new club house and driving range.
Level Contracting Services has been doing the spreading work on behalf of 4 Recycling Group, which specialises in recycling by-products from industry and utility companies to agricultural land and restoration sites.
Marie McIntosh, from Level Contracting Services, said: “We do want to apologise to the residents.
“We never meant to cause problems and are working to control the smells. Measures are in place and everything we are doing is within the permit that we were granted. The material used aims to act like a fertiliser to enhance the soil. It is certainly not hazardous.
“The Environment Agency told us we needed to have an odour material in place and we are doing everything we can to reduce the smells.
“If residents want to come onto the site they can get in touch and will be more than welcome.”
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We responded immediately to complaints of very strong odours coming from Stafford Castle Golf club as a result of sewage spreading on the site.